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Mob stopped us from accessing Onitsha fire scene – FFS

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Gov. Obiano speaks on Onitsha tanker fire

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Gov. Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff Onoja resigns

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James Hope College Acquires American International School Lagos Property, Offers Full Scholarship To 40% Of Students

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Sanwo-Olu reorders Ambode’s 2019 Budget, seeks N250bn loan

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SUBEB Chair advocates early childhood education

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Moghalu dumps YPP, demands electronic voting in 2023

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LIVE VIDEO: RCCG House of Praise, Camberwell London – Sunday Service 13th October 2019

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Open Heavens Devotional: CALLED TO CONSECRATION – Saturday, December 10, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

  

MEMORIZE: “And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” (Luke 5:11).

 

READ: Luke 5:8-11

 

In addition to calling His people upwards and unto separation, God calls them unto consecration. To be consecrated to God means to be completely sold out to Him. For instance, when He called Peter, he left everything to follow Him (Luke 5:1-11). That is total consecration. When you are consecrated to God, He takes charge of your life. He makes the decisions, while you carry them out. Being totally consecrated does not mean that you have to become a full-time pastor but that He is free to decide how you spend what you earn. Let me share my experience with you. After God called me into full-time ministry, at some point, I was paid my gratuity. I was very glad! In those days, it was a large sum of money. More so, since as a full-time pastor, I could no longer tell where my next meal would come from. While busy calculating how best to invest it, the Lord interrupted my thoughts: “You have not even asked me. Remember you are no longer your own”. Thereafter, He asked me to divide my gratuity into three. He asked me to give one part to the ministry. I said ‘Yes Lord’. He asked me to give the second part to the ministry. My ‘Yes’ suddenly became low-pitched. Then He asked me to give the third and final part to a particular individual, adding that from then on, He would be my source. When God calls you to consecration, you may need to ask Him what you should spend and what to keep to yourself of your legitimate income. How consecrated are you?

 

Another nature of God’s call is that He calls to distinction. If He calls you to the mountain top, it means you are to be distinct from the crowd. Hence, Matthew 5:14 says, “… A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid”. When Elijah was about to go to Heaven in Kings 2:1-15, it was only he and Elisah that stood on the other side of Jordan. Across the Jordan were some sons of the prophets watching at a distance. But on Elisha’s return, they recognized that there was transference of the anointing and they bowed to him. Have you been called? Then you must be different. You have been called to shine as light. How different are you? Among other believers, how distinct are you as a representative of Jesus Christ?

 

KEY POINT

God wants a closer walk with you. Yield to Him completely today.

 

Bible in One year: Job 11-13

 


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Open Heavens Devotional: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? – Friday, December 9, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter” (Jam. 5:5).

 

READ: James 5:1-6

 

When you seek man’s approval you will get it but may likely lose Heaven’s approval. It is sad that many ministers of God, who are publicly acknowledged and recognized on earth, have little or no mention in Heaven. This is one way you can be dead while assuming one is still alive. If the Resurrection and the Life says you are dead, then you are. Even if the whole world gives you a rating that is contrary, it does not change God’s assessment. This is also where the popular maxim: vox populi vox veritas (the voice of the people is the voice of God), misses the point.

 

“But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth” (1 Tim. 5:6). This scripture tells us that it is possible to be a living dead. Another way to be dead and still think one is alive is by pursuing pleasure. Christianity is not a bed of roses. Those who want to get only its benefits but are not ready to carry its cross, will find that they are spiritually cut off from the Vine. Pleasure-seeking Christians end up gratifying their flesh to the detriment of their soul. Worldly pleasures must be treated with lots of caution because what pleases or entertains the world grieves the Spirit. Some people, including top government functionaries and business executives, attend certain social functions where they are entertained by half naked women. Why would such people not battle with lust thereafter?

 

What amuses you? What do you constantly entertained yourself with? The one who is Heaven bound will always be fascinated by the Word of God and Kingdom-related movies. It is very dangerous to continue to revel in worldly amusements as they target your soul. According to today’s passage, the rich are easy preys of pleasure. After being fed fat with worldly pleasures like a ram for the slaughter slab, what follows next is God’s judgement. Those that live in pleasure get their hearts sealed to the extent that they become unconscious of the oppression of the poor, particularly fellow believers. Proverbs 21:17 says the love of pleasure brings poverty—both spiritual and financially. You must sieve the type of pleasure you indulge yourself in. If you are a true minister of God, you will delight in pleasing Him (Ps. 103:21). If evangelism, the worship of God, study of the Word, or prayer do not excite you, your affection is set on worldly things. Check your desires today! Ask God

 

 

PRAYER POINT

 

Father, Help me focus on things above, things of eternal value.

 

Bible in One year: Job 8-10

 

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RCCG Holy Ghost Congress 2011. Theme: A NEW THING – December 12- 17

Venue: REDEMPTION CAMP KM 46 Lagos-Ibadan Express Way Ogun State Nigeria.

Ministering: Pastor E. A. Adeboye and other anointed ministers of God.

Click here
http://rccg.org/congress2011/day1.html for more information.

You can watch live services at https://www.mutiuokediran.com/blog/?page_id=634

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Open Heavens Devotional: HOPE AND ABILITY – Thursday, December 8, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent” (1 Samuel 15:29).

READ: Jeremiah 32:26-27

God control hope because He is in control of tomorrow. His name is Faithful and True, He will not break any promise He has made to you. This is why you should, like the psalmist, hope in Him. Let Him be the foundation of all your expectations (Ps 42:5). When you hope in God, He will cause life to arise out of hopelessness. Instead of being downcast and depressed, your health will spring forth.

Another reason God controls hope is because He can do the impossible. Ideally, the kind of promise you make to people would be determined by your level of resources and ability, except you are engaging in self-deceit. If you are earning N5000 monthly, it would be foolhardy to promise to give somebody a gift that runs into millions of dollars. When somebody makes you a promise, before you jump up to celebrate, find out if the fellow has the resources. God can promise you anything because He has resources far beyond what He promised you. When God told my father-in-the-Lord and the founder of the RCCG, Pa Akindayomi, that He would start a church that will go all over the world through him, God did not forget the several limitations of Papa, one of which was that he was an illiterate. God had seen all your limitations before making you that outstanding, almost incredible promise. When God Himself makes a promise, He will fulfil it.

When the RCCG started, there were only 12 members. Who would believe that a worldwide vision could be given to an illiterate in a remote corner of Nigeria? In Luke 1:37, we are told that it is only when God is involved that everything is possible and nothing shall be impossible. As long as you stay connected to God, daily please Him and obey Him, He will make good on the promise He made to you. In Jeremiah 32:27, God challenges everyone and asks: ‘Is anything hard for me, the God of all flesh?’ God does not have difficulties in doing whatever He wants to do. Are you allowing Him to have His way in your life? God’s promises to you shall come to pass with ease as long as you cooperate with Him. To what extent are you yielding to His commands today?

ACTION POINT:
The ease with which God kept smaller promises made to you, is the same ease with which He will fulfil the bigger ones. Believe Him for something big.

Bible in A Year: Job 5-7

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Open Heavens Devotional: LOVE IS TOUGH – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6).

READ: Hebrews 12:5-6

Some years ago, I taught the students of School of Disciples that they ought to learn the art of effective praying, or else, in time to come, they may be causing out a demon for 36 hours. The earlier you get used to what is acceptable in gdo’s Kingdom, the better. The greatest challenge a believer will face is not from the devil but from God. It is a high thing to be loved by a God who is absolutely perfect. Why? It is normal for every father to desire that his son is like him, if not better. Matthew 5:48 says we should be as perfect as our heavenly Father. God is strict but only with those He receives as His own. “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (He 12:6). Any reasonable father will be tougher on his children than on other people’s children.

If we are casual friends, however little your effort would be, I would praise you. But I am usually stricter with my very close friends. For instance, if any of my casual friends comes to give me a gift, no matter how small, I would say, ‘God bless you. The next time it will be more.’ But if a close friend brings me a gift, I would say: ‘I hope it is more than the last one; if not, take your money and leave; after all, I am not begging for money.’ One of my close friends gave me a million naira during Christmas. I asked and found out that it was the same amount he brought the previous year, so I returned it to him. He left and returned with a cheque of one million and one naira, since I wanted more than the previous year’s. I turned it down. Then he brought another cheque of one million, one hundred thousand naira saying that he was just trying to pull my legs. Yet, if somebody else gave me N10, I would show appreciation and bless the fellow. The same is true of God if you desire to be close to Him. In Deuteronomy 23:17, God says no harlot or homosexual will be allowed in Israel. In other words, they can be in other nations but not among His people. If God loves you, you cannot do what others are doing.

ACTION POINT:
If God is strict with you, it means He regards you as His own. God knows your capabilities. Pray that you will never be an underperformer.

Bible in A Year: Job 1-4

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Open Heavens Devotional: IT MAKES NO SENSE – Tuesday, December 6, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25).

READ: 1 Corinthians 1:20-25

The acts or move of God that will bring about remarkable results often begin in a little way. This is where many miss it. Philippians 2:13 says God is at work in you, but because God uses the little or base things, many of us turn ourselves away from the place God is working. Are you seeking God like Elijah in the midst of activities? You may never find Him! God is not in all that noise but in the very simple, day-to-day, ordinary activities of your life. May you not miss Him in Jesus name.

Another thing that does not make sense to mortals is a miracle. For a miracle to be worth its salt, it must defy logic. When God told Sarah that she would have a baby at the age of 90, all she could do was laugh (Ge 18:9-14). It did not make sense. If I was the one being addressed, I would have laughed even more. When at the peak of a terribly ravishing famine, the man of God announced to some people that within 24 hours, there would be abundance 2 Kings 7:1-2. It was difficult for anyone to believe because it did not make sense. No wonder the king’s economic adviser said even if God was to create windows in Heaven and pour food down, it would still not be possible to realize that prophecy within that time. Similarly, when Jesus got to the house of Jairus and met mourners weeping over his daughter’s corpse and told them that she was only sleeping. How was this construed? All they could do was laugh Him to scorn (Mk 5:39-40), because it did not make sense. God’s ways may appear foolish and that is why for you to get along with God, you must be ready to obey Him to the point of appearing foolish. He holds all the aces. He determines how He wants to intervene in any given matter. He also decides on the time of intervention. All you have to do is hear Him clearly and obey completely. Be prepared to play the fool with God and you will emerge a wise fellow. If you are too intelligent, structured, dogmatic or too scientific for God, you may end up a loser. Many believers cannot obtain their blessings simply because they are wrapped up in some foolish assignments the Lord has not given them. Do not let your intellect rob you of your miracle.

ACTION POINT:
Do not wait until God’s Word makes sense before you obey. Pray: Father, help my unbelief

Bible in A Year: 2 Chronicles 30-32

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Open Heavens Devotional: WISDOM CAN BECOME FOOLISHNESS – Monday, December 5, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Cor. 1:20)

READ: 1 Corinthians 1:19-20

There is a thin line between wisdom and foolishness. Although these are at separate ends, yet, for the One who controls wisdom, it takes little or nothing to move somebody from one extreme to the other end of the continuum. 1 Corinthians 1:19 says, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent”. If you wake up in the morning and realize you are still in your right senses, do not take it for granted; give God praise! Some people are proud because of their academic exploits and achievements. Such pride is foolishness! Do you know that it takes just an incident for the One who controls wisdom to turn a sane fellow mad? Many years ago, when I was very young, there was a professor of history at Ilesa who lost his mind. Whenever we were in the history class, our history teacher would buy him a keg of palm wine and he will ask us what course of history we wanted him to lecture us on.

Similarly, there was a woman in Rivers state (Nigeria) who would wake up in the morning and go with a calabash in her hand to the ocean. It’s as if she wants to remove something from the water. Why? Her only son who went abroad to study was returning home by ship. After arriving Apapa Wharf (Nigeria), on seeing his mother, he was so excited that he let go of the railing to wave at her. He missed his steps and fell. He was never found. So the mother went berserk as a result and was often seen searching for her son’s body. Are you arrogant? Beware! It can take just one incident to turn you into a mad fellow. When God gives some people wisdom, they begin to use it against Him. Have you acquired knowledge, degrees or certificates and now use such against God’s Kingdom? You are treading on a very dangerous path! If what you have acquired cannot be used to enlarge God’s Kingdom and improve the welfare of fellow men, that knowledge is useless. Daniel 2:21 says God is the One who gives wisdom to the wise. Wisdom is a gift from God. One word of wisdom from God can confound your enemies. It is wisdom to be quiet when everybody else is talking. How wise are you?

PRAYER POINT

Pray that God will keep you on the side of wisdom and keep you from foolishness. Thank God for a sound mind.

Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 26-29

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Open Heavens Devotional: DANGERS OF LOVING THE WORLD – Sunday, December 4, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye 

MEMORIZE: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world.” (John 2:16).

 

READ: 2 Timothy 4:10-11

 

When you love the world, it can affect salient arrears of your life. This is why we must pray for leaders to shun worldly lusts and focus on the things of God. The love of the world can stand between you and your requests. A leader who loves the world will be incapable of making effective intercession for the flock. The love of the world also terminates spiritual life. The fellow who loves the world will find his or her love for God ebbing by the day. With love for the world, it will be impossible to love God with all your heart. Yet, God demands 100% love from you. “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deut. 6:5).

 

“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia” (2 Tim. 4:10). Another danger of loving the world is that it can lead to progressive compromise and ultimately to backsliding. One sign of knowing that your love for God is waning is that you will begin to make excuses for certain sins or wrong doings. God’s standard will become so stall and unreachable, that you will come up with unhealthy substitutes. Do you find yourself explaining away premarital sex, office theft, manipulation of church records, etc? It shows your love for God is being replaced with the love for the world. If worldly standards are now being favoured above the standards of the Bible, your love for God is fast ebbing. It starts with little complaints and finding faults with the church, church leaders, activities and programmes.  Before long, one would realize how far one has drifted. Can you imagine a leader and fellow companion of Paul becoming a victim of this? Demas, who was so consumed with the things of the Kingdom, gradually allowed worldly lusts to seep into his heart, until it was too late. He had totally backslidden. He left Paul for Thessalonica, the height of ungodliness and sinful pleasure. If Demas could fall, any leader can. Pray for God to insulate the heart of our leaders against worldliness.

PRAYER POINT

 

Father, keep our leaders from being overtaken by worldliness. Lord, let there be provision, bountiful harvest of souls and miracles during the Holy Ghost Congress.

 

Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 23-25

 

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Open Heavens Devotional: GOD CALLS UP – Saturday, December 3, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And he goeth up into a mountain and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him” (Mark 3:13).

READ: Mark 3:13-15

There are all kinds of calls in the world today. In God’s Kingdom, a call is actually an unquantifiable offer, the beginning of which you will know but may never tell where it will take you precisely. However, we need to know the nature of God’s call. The first is that God’s call is a call to uplifting. Since He is up, when He calls you, it is upwards. According to 1 Samuel 2:8, God can call you from nothing to something. He can call a beggar from scavenging in the dunghill to feasting with kings. Similarly, he can call ordinary fisherman to keep company with the King of kings (Mark 1:16-18). Whatever happens, God’s call moves you up.

Sometime ago, one of my pastors told me that God called him into full time service. Then, he was gainfully employed in an oil company where he was paid in dollars. What he earned in a month exceeded what an Assistant General Overseer would earn in a year. He had difficulty responding to the call. So, I simply told him God was calling him from sugar to honey. Recently, he told me, “what you told me then, I found it difficult to understand, but now I know”. Has God called you? Fear not! Accept God’s call because it is a call that will uplift you.

God also calls unto separation. If He calls you, He expects you to separate from others in order to fulfil the call. The disciples He called up the hill in today’s reading never returned to what they used to be. Their call moved them from being disciples to apostles. Figuratively, they remained on the mountain top. When Abraham got God’s call, he was asked to separate himself from his country, kindred and his father’s house (Gen. 12:13). In 1 Kings 19:19-21, after Elisha’s call, he killed his farm animals and burnt the tools. When God calls you, you may be required to do away with certain legitimate things and activities in order to make good your calling. If God has called you, you can no longer do what everybody else does. For instance, a church member may be embroiled in fisticuffs but certainly not a minister of God. In what ways are you keeping to the terms of reference of your calling?

PRAYER POINT

God’s call is a higher call. Thank God for previous Holy Ghost Congresses. Ask for divine protection for all attendees during this year’s Congress.

 
Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 20-22

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Open Heavens Devotional: WRONG MEASURES, FALSE RESULTS – Friday, December 2, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” (2 Cor. 10:18).

READ: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18

After Jesus introduced Himself in His letter to the church in Sardis, He said they were reputed for being alive whereas they were dead. Yet, these were a part of the Body of Christ. Is it possible to be dead and not know it? From scriptural evidence, it is possible. The first thing to note here is that the church in Sardis employed wrong yardsticks for determining who was spiritually alive and who was not. Anytime wrong measures are used in assessing performance, the results will always be deceptive. Today, there are church leaders who engage in so much of fanfare to create an impression that they are ‘alive’. Spiritual activity does not necessarily make you alive. There are many who are so full of spiritual activities but they are so canal and close to hell. It is the height of deception to equate activity with spirituality. Some activities feed the flesh but starve the soul. This is why leaders must not plan programmes just for the fun of it, but to achieve spiritual uplift in members. Any church programme that does not add spiritual benefit of the congregation is simply a jamboree. What is the spiritual content of the programmes you are planning? If that choir vigil is all about talking, socializing and laughing, without spiritual content, do not be surprised to hear that some who attended fornicated that night.

The error of the church in Sardis is still with us today. They wanted to be seen to belong. When you want to belong, your focus shifts from Christ to man. You will do anything just to get the attention or praise of men. Anything you do to impress men rebuffs the Lord. The approval of man does not necessarily mean God has also approved. Who do you really want to impress? Who are you trying to impress by inflating attendance figures and lying about your performance? The church at Sardis met the requirements of men and was rated as a lively church, but the Owner of the church could not find any atom of spiritual life in it. Large churches easily fall into this deception. The size of your church does not make you better than smaller churches. In fact, it is easier to receive greater spiritual life from smaller churches than the ‘happening’ larger churches. What are the parameters for evaluating your performance? Are you God-focused or men-focused?

PRAYER POINT

Ask God for wisdom to not be self-deluded, but that you will see yourself the way God sees you. Go before God in humility and sincerity.
 

Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 17-19

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Bebeia Boniface emerges as Mr. Tourism Nigeria 2011

Saturday November 26th will forever remain a marked day in the calendar of so many people in the nations city of paradise, Calabar in Nigeria

It was the very first time the city had stayed for an event lasting over 3hours into the wee hours of the morning. Mr. Tourism Nigeria even before its debut became one of the most anticipated event around the whole of South-South and Nigeria as a whole.

And on the D-day, it was Aspiring model, Bebia Boniface who became the cynosure of all eyes when he beat 18 other smart and talented young men to win the Mr. Tourism Nigeria prize. The excited winner of the first edition of the search says not even in his widest dreams did he ever imagine that fate could smile on him the way it did, especially, for a contest that has some of the most desirable men a male contest had ever produced all over Nigeria.. “I am proud of my accomplishment because I know it would take me on to greater heights.  I will like to move on and win Mr Tourism Planet come next year when the event holds in Greece” He said.

The keenly contested finale which held at the Five Two Zero Events Centre in Calabar started with rounds in traditional wear, swim wear, talent hunt, evening wear after which the contestants were reduced to the first Top 10. This followed with the ‘game changer’ where the top 10 were saddled with impressing the judges that beyond the charm and charisma, they also have a matching brain.  At the end of that stage, 5 people were eliminated until it was left with the last five men standing for the ultimate question. Based on the answer to the question and performance in the previous rounds, the judges adjudged Bebia Boniface as the most capable. He was followed by Bandele Adebule who became the first runner up.

As winner of Mr. Tourism Nigeria 2011, Bebia Boniface has won a brand new car, he also gets to start his own pet project as well as represent Nigeria at the Mr. Tourism Planet finals. He will also be dressed by Kholyns Contemporary Couture for one year; the runner-up also won a year’s contract with Ques Models, a trip to represent Nigeria at the upcoming Mr. Tourism Quest in Guatemala.

Some other finalists won awards including ‘Mr. Tourism Nigeria North’ for Inyang Peter Francis, who also came top as winner of the ‘Mr Body Perfect’ . ‘Mr Tourism South West’ went to Femi Adekanye, ‘Mr Tourism South East’ to Benard Amaechi , ‘Mr. Tourism South South and ‘Mr Photogenic’’ for Steven,. ‘Mr Popularity’ went to Rico Olijeme, ‘Mr Talent’ went to Inyang Peter Francis again’.

The CEO of Zanzy Entertainment, producers of the event, Chuks Anusionwu believes the primary purpose of the pageant is to encourage the Nigerian youth to come up with their own strategic ideas of further developing as well as boosting the nations tourism sector without depending on organizations or the government to be saddled all alone with such responsibility.

The Creative Director/Producer of the event, Santiago T. Roberts also said,”The show was full of energy and I am quite happy at the choice of the judges. I know Bebia will go on to be an amazing Mr Tourism Nigeria and an inspiration to thousands of young Nigerians.”

Unlike other male pageants, the winner of the Mr. Tourism Nigeria pageant will in the next one year be working actively with the cross river state tourism bureau to develop new angles to tourism promotion and boosting that sector to further attract more investment; this is in line with the pageants core agenda.

Mr Tourism Nigeria will also create a campaign that is geared towards encouraging other young people to start their own businesses all aimed at tourism development in Nigeria.

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2012 Global Summit of Women- Theme: Women: The Engine of Economic Growth

Gateway to the Balkan economies, Athens, Greece serves as the venue for the foremost international economic forum for women leaders in business, government and civil society on May 31-June 2nd at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Under the theme of Women: The Engine of Economic Growth, the 22-year-old Summit’s focus next year echoes the latest World Bank report finding that gender equity equals sustainable development.

As Caroline Anstey, World Bank Managing Director, so aptly stated at a Nov. 18th Corporate Women Directors International Forum: “Women are the next emerging market.”

Some of the 2012 Summit speakers include McKinsey’s Europe Leader Michael Halbye, who will open Summit proceedings with his analyses of economic and business trends not only in the European region but globally.

Deloitte’s Chair of the Global Center for Corporate Governance Carol Lambert (France) will participate in a plenary forum on “Ethics and Transparency Post-Crisis”.  Booz Inc. CEO Shumeet Banerji will be joined by other former and current CEOs in sharing best practices in “Engaging Men in Diversity and Inclusion”.  A special session on “Doing Business with South Eastern Europe” is also planned prior to the Summit’s opening.  The Entrepreneurial Luncheon Forum will feature women business owners who have developed enterprises in high growth areas, while the Youth Forum will focus on young entrepreneurs who have entered new business arenas.

For the registration form, early bird rates, hotel information, go to www.globewomen.org, click to the Global Summit of Women.

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Open Heavens Devotional: HOPE AND FAITHFULNESS -Thursday, December 1, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Titus 1:2).

READ: Deuteronomy 7:9-11

Hope links with the future. Moreover, there is a link between hope and God because He is the One who controls tomorrow. Anyone in charge of tomorrow is definitely able to uphold hope. Revelation 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”. Hope is linked with tomorrow and God is the One who holds tomorrow. Do not let any man deceive you: no man holds tomorrow except God. This is why James warns against boasting about tomorrow while acknowledging that we need God—the One in control of tomorrow—to enter into the tomorrow of our dreams (James 4:13-16). Many who bragged about tomorrow never lived to see it. If you are wise, you will not only acknowledge God but ensure you live in consonance with His dictates.

Another way God is linked with hope is through His faithfulness. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,”. God is extremely faithful. The quality of His faithfulness in keeping promises and agreements is unparalleled. There are some people around us who make simple promises that they can easily fulfil yet, they fail to fulfil them because they lack faithfulness. Putting all your hope in an unfaithful man can lead to great embarrassment and loss when the fellow suddenly disappoints you at crucial time. God cannot disappoint you. Numbers 23: 19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” The day God promises and He fails to perform, He becomes a liar. Lying demotes God from being God to being a mere mortal. When He was about to redeem man, He became a man. However, He is not ready to be brought to the level of a man by being unfaithful. In addition, He not only keeps covenants but He is the greatest covenant keeper as He can fulfil His promise to an individual or a family for up to a thousand generations! What a wonderful God!

KEY POINT

God’s faithfulness is never in doubt. The issue is how trusting are we? 

Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 14-16

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Open Heavens Devotional: THE MIRAGE SHALL DISAPPEAR Wednesday, November 30, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” (2 Cor. 13:8)

READ: Matthew 9:18, 23-26

Those who walk by sight follow facts while those who walk by faith follow the truth. While facts are ephemeral, truth is everlasting. While facts are dynamic, truth is constant. Facts are empowered by earthly and sometimes satanic forces while truth is anchored in Heaven. There is a limit to which earthly or satanic forces can push facts, but God will forever stand by His truth. You are either controlled by facts or by truth. Facts can sometimes be used by Satan to create doubt, fear, unbelief and discouragement. Truth is God’s weapon to subdue such evil weapons. When brought side by side, one must give way for the other. 2 Corinthians 13:8 says, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth”. Truth is impregnable. If falsehood appears to gain ground over the truth, it is only for a moment. Eventually, truth shall prevail. That you have no money, or job is only a fact but not the truth. That sickness in your body is only a fact but the truth is that you have been healed some 2000 years ago. Your duty as a child of God is to identify the facts in your life and search the Scriptures for the truths of God; then insist and superimpose the truth on the facts and the truth shall stand in your life.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). God’s Word is truth. No lie can stand against God’s Word. In fact, everything that is contrary to God’s Word in your life is a lie. It may be a fact but it is a lie. It is a mirage. While going on some trip and you look ahead of you, the reflection of the sun on the road paints a picture of a river ahead. Each time you move closer, the ‘river’ moves as well. There is not a time you will meet the river because it is a mirage. In the same vein, that failure is a mirage. God’s Word has the power to deliver success to you. That barrenness is a mirage. That persistent satanic oppression is a mirage. That diagnosed incurable disease is a mirage. It shall soon give way to what is real – God’s Word. Call that problem by its name – a mirage – and confess the Word of God on that situation and it shall come to pass. The Lord called the death of the ruler’s daughter ‘sleep’ and she moved from death to sleep, and from sleep she woke up. What are you calling those unpleasant situations in your life?

ACTION POINT:

The power God gave to Adam to name the animals is the same power you have as a believer to rename unpleasant situations. How well are you using it? Always confess the truth of The Word.

Bible in One year: Psa. 133-137

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Open Heavens Devotional: WHEN IT MAKES NO SENSE – Tuesday, November 29, 2011

By Pastor E.A. Adeboye

 

MEMORIZE: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18)

 

READ: 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

 

There are certain things that God does that appear foolish to man. One of such is the message of the Cross. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. If we were to appeal to logic, there was no sense in Christ – the Sinless One dying for the ungodly. Why would a Holy God sacrifice His only Begotten Son on the Cross of Calvary for His enemies? It makes no sense to man but it does to God. Besides this, there is also the power of the Cross. There is power in the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Although He was crucified and died like a common criminal on the Cross, yet by that death, power is released to defeat the one who held the power of death – Satan. By the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, Satan’s captives were released from bondage of the fear of death. Today, if you access the blood of Jesus by faith, you will be delivered from fear. The death of Christ on the Cross, not only makes salvation from sin possible, but also helps to sustain it (1 John 1:7).

 

“Which one of the princes of this world knew: for had they know it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:8). Like men, Satan is limited in knowledge. One thing he never knew was the power of the Cross. During His earthly ministry, Jesus was the major headache of the satanic kingdom. He kept undoing what they had done over the years. So they decided to take His life. If only Satan had known that the death of Jesus on the Cross, would, instead of ending his problems, compound them, he would not have killed Him. If he knew that the death of Jesus would finalize his defeat, he would have allowed Jesus to go without any harassment. In your life, as long as you allow Jesus to have His way, even when it appears you have been defeated by the enemies, do not fret. Sooner than later, you will find yourself the winner of the battle. Is God’s way of dealing with you sounding foolish? It is only normal. Ask God for the grace to obey His seemingly foolish instructions.

 

 

ACTION POINT:

 

Obey all His instructions whether or not you think they are wise or foolish.

 

Bible in One year: Psa. 127-132

 

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